Well, we are now back checking out one of my favorite stores. Last week, I told everyone, I would try to scope out a few options for spices in Westchester. H-Mart in Hartsdale is my second stop. The store is a part of a national family chain, with a focus on Korean and other Asian groceries. You will find loads of Kimchi, an assortment of tofu and other interesting items.
Since, I first stopped into the store in search of frozen banana leaves, it has been a very frequent stop for me. They have a lot of staples a great fresh seafood section and good selection of ethnic fresh produce.
You will find a lot of the items needed for basic Asian cooking – selections of noodles, fresh and dry mushrooms (of all assorted varieties), they have a very robust section of gluten-free flours, a variety cooking oils including Olive oils. They have entire aisles of sesame oils and soy sauce.
Loads of interesting chili peppers.
They have a serviceable selection of everyday spices, but much as I hate to say it is not very comprehensive. Also,I am not sure of how frequent the turnover of these spices are. So, while there are plenty of fresh aromatics that are needed in cooking spicy food, such as herbs, garlic, shallots and ginger that you will find in abundance, you might have to make other stops for essential spices such as coriander, cardamom and stuff.
However, H-Mart offers me one-stop stopping for several options that I would not have thought possible a couple of years ago, and I can hope that someone there is listening and will boost up the selection of Basmati Rice and Indian selection. In the meantime, here is a Korean inspired recipe for the day, that comes to me by way of our lovely food editor, Liz.
H-Mart at Hartsdale
371 N Central Ave
Hartsdale, NY 10530